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Special Report | American Class Warfare: Week Ending November 9, 2014


  • The people are fighting back and the elites recognize it. There is fear in the investor class as they see people organizing and mobilizing. Corporations are now investing more time and money in preparation to protect themselves from investor actions and legal challenges. The actions of corporations and governments against the people are a sign of their fear, and a sign of our unrealized strength.
  • 10 New items including:
    • The Fight for the American Dream, September 28, 2014
    • Robert Reich: Harvard Business School is complicit in America’s widening inequality
    • Video: Real Biz Owners Say Give America a Raise
    • Krugman Demolishes Classic Argument Against Raising Minimum Wage
    • Why Some Americans Are More Equal Than Others
    • America Keeps People Poor On Purpose
    • The Carnage of Capitalism
    • The rich want us to believe their wealth is good for us all
    • Corporate Artful Dodgers
    • The U.S. Is Even More Unequal Than You Realized

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Randall Enos


The Fight for the American Dream, September 28, 2014, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • "The top 1-percent have the best houses, the best educations, the best doctors, and the best lifestyles," Nobel Prize winner Joseph E. Stiglitz concludes, "but there is one thing that money doesn't seem to have bought: an understanding that their fate is bound up with how the other 99-percent live. Throughout history, this is something that the top 1-percent eventually do learn. Too late."
  • Part 1: “American dream” is now a myth: How bad policies and worse ideology ruined us.
  • Part 2: You call this a middle class? “I’m trying not to lose my house.”


Robert Reich: Harvard Business School is complicit in America’s widening inequality, Robert B. Reich,

  • It would seem worthwhile for the faculty and students of Harvard Business School, as well as those at every other major business school in America, to … ask whether maximizing shareholder value … continues to be the proper goal for the modern corporation.
  • The former secretary of labor calls out the famed university for the way it's educating our country's future CEOs.
  • What's Wrong With the American University System


Video: Real Biz Owners Say Give America a Raise, Business for a Fair Minimum Wage

  • Just Like The Sign Says
  • It's time to Give America a Raise. 
  • Krugman Demolishes Classic Argument Against Raising Minimum Wage


Krugman Demolishes Classic Argument Against Raising Minimum Wage, Alexander C. Kaufman, Huffington Post

  • “Minimum wage workers are almost all in the United States employed in non-tradable industries -- the production can’t move to China,” Krugman, who won the 2008 Nobel Prize for economic sciences, told Business Insider executive editor Joe Weisenthal in a video posted Monday.
  • America Keeps People Poor On Purpose


Why Some Americans Are More Equal Than Others, Jedediah Purdy, the Daily Beast

If we don’t overcome that inhibition (Margaret Thatcher’s famous line, “There is no alternative” to the way we live now, so complaining is useless.) and find ways of imagining a fairer economy—as a democratic problem—the internal contradictions  of our oh-so-equal and oh-so-unequal society will keep proliferating. 



Monte Wolverton


America Keeps People Poor On Purpose, Yes! Magazine  

  • How four decades of lobbying and legislation gave corporations dominion over our economy—and eroded the American middle class.
  • A Timeline of Choices We've Made to Increase Inequality
  • Special Report | Homelessness and Poverty in America, Week Ending August 31, 2014


The Carnage of Capitalism, Paul Buchheit, Common Dreams

  • Lives are being ravaged by unregulated, free-market capitalism, in the U.S. and around the world. According to the Global Forum for Health Research, less than 10 percent of the global health research budget is spent on the conditions responsible for 90 percent of human disease.
  • Global Greed


The rich want us to believe their wealth is good for us all, George Monbiot , The Guardian

  • As the justifications for gross inequality collapse, only the Green party is brave enough to take on the billionaires’ boot boys.
  • The U.S. Is Even More Unequal Than You Realized.


Corporate Artful Dodgers, Paul Krugman, New York (NY) Times

  • Tax Avoidance du Jour: Inversion
  • None of this has anything to do with investment and job creation. 
  • Virtual Economy’s Phantom Job Gains Are Based on Statistical Fraud


The U.S. Is Even More Unequal Than You Realized, Maxwell Strachan, Huffington Post 

  • When it comes to income inequality, no other developed economy does it quite like the U.S.A. If you need some proof, here it is.
  • America’s rotting empire
  • What's a Union For?


Corporate Destruction of Free Markets Rules Us

  • Corporatism makes massive exceptions that rig markets and tilt the seller-buyer balance heavily infavor of the former who become bigger and bigger global corporations.
  • QE, Debt and the Myth of a Liberal Left

Ralph Nader, OpEdNews

s_500_opednews_com_0_1--jpg_31246_20141101-253.gifWe don't live in a 'free market' system, but rather an economic system controlled by the corporate and private interests who have written the rules to benefit themselves. (image by (Photo: iStock))

11/1/2014 |The ruling dogma of our political economy is corporatism. Corporatism claims to draw legitimacy from the free market theory that all vendors who do not meet market demands will go under. Corporatism uses this illusion to exert power over all aspects of our political economy.

Free markets, corporatists believe, are the best mechanism to allocate resources for the exchange of goods and services. They believe markets free of regulation, taxation or competition from government enterprises produce the best results. Their favorite metaphor is Adam Smith's "invisible hand" that produces the greatest good for the greatest number of people by the exertions of many willing sellers and many willing buyers (Adam Smith, they neglected to add, favored public works, public education and social safety nets like decent wages and public welfare as needed.) 

Ralph Nader is a consumer advocate, lawyer, and author. His latest book is The Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas for Our American Future. Other recent books include, The Seventeen Traditions: Lessons from an American Childhood, Getting Steamed to Overcome Corporatism: Build It Together to Win, and "Only The Super-Rich Can Save Us" (a novel). 

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QE, Debt and the Myth of a Liberal Left, Rob Urie, Counterpunch 

Capitalism is Worth Saving?




QE, Debt and the Myth of a Liberal Left


Capitalism is Worth Saving?

Rob Urie, Counterpunch

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Another%20World%20Rainbow.jpgWeekend Edition, Oct 31-Nov 02, 2014 | The economic theories, rhetoric and policies of the current era descended from strategies of repression of eighty years ago. Coming out of the Great Depression liberalism was the ‘pragmatic’ effort to preempt an energetic left by tempering the more suicidal tendencies of unhindered capitalism. But pragmatism that left in place the ideology of capitalism as its explanation left paradox as well. Modern liberals in government and academia have lost all capacity to temper the economic right— neo-liberalism as ‘purer’ capitalism, because they share the relevant frames of reference.

The revival of neo-liberalism from the 1970s forward illustrates a pitfall of this content free pragmatics— modern liberals are battling neo-liberals and neo-conservatives from the shared premise that capitalism is worth saving. Put differently, liberal pragmatists— Keynesians, New Keynesians, etc. support political economy that, as demonstrated by the need for pragmatic ‘management,’ is inherently destabilizing. And rather than preventing economic crises (and social schism) the refrain for decades now has been ‘pragmatic’ recommendations for which there exists no constituency with political power.

Rob Urie is an artist and political economist. His book Zen Economics is forthcoming.

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Chris Hedges | The Imperative of Revolt


  • “If you continue to go down the wrong road, at a certain point something happens,” John Ralston Saul said. “At a certain point when the financial system is wrong it falls apart. And it did. And it will fall apart again.”
  • Two leading political philosophers, Sheldon Wolin and John Ralston Saul, explore the corporations’ slow-motion coup d’état and the prospects of financial collapse and revolt.  

Chris HedgesTruthdig

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occupychacha_590.jpgProtesters chant as they are arrested at the intersection of Wall Street and Broad Street in New York on Sept. 22. The protesters, many of whom were affiliated with Occupy Wall Street, were pointing to the connection between capitalism and environmental destruction. AP/Seth Wenig

I met with Sheldon S. Wolin in Salem, Ore., and John Ralston Saul in Toronto and asked the two political philosophers the same question. If, as Saul has written, we have undergone a corporate coup d’état and now live under a species of corporate dictatorship that Wolin calls “inverted totalitarianism,” if the internal mechanisms that once made piecemeal and incremental reform possible remain ineffective, if corporate power retains its chokehold on our economy and governance, including our legislative bodies, judiciary and systems of information, and if these corporate forces are able to use the security and surveillance apparatus and militarized police forces to criminalize dissent, how will change occur and what will it look like?

Wolin, who wrote the books “Politics and Vision” and “Democracy Incorporated,” and Saul, who wrote “Voltaire’s Bastards” and “The Unconscious Civilization,” see democratic rituals and institutions, especially in the United States, as largely a facade for unchecked global corporate power. Wolin and Saul excoriate academics, intellectuals and journalists, charging they have abrogated their calling to expose abuses of power and give voice to social criticism; they instead function as echo chambers for elites, courtiers and corporate systems managers. Neither believes the current economic system is sustainable. And each calls for mass movements willing to carry out repeated acts of civil disobedience to disrupt and delegitimize corporate power.

Chris Hedges, a weekly columnist for Truthdig, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported from more than 50 countries, specializing in American politics and society. 






Food Fight: Our Chance to Right the Food System


  • It is more urgent than ever to broaden awareness of this issue among journalists, educators, politicians, and voters. We hope you will join us in reading and reviewing the book, getting the word out, and voting with your fork!
  • Part 1: Wall Street's Robber Barons Are Exploiting America's Farmers
  • Part 2: Who Will Grow Our Food?

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Wall Street's Robber Barons Are Exploiting America's Farmers

The rich get richer while farmers are turned into tenant laborers.

Jim Hightower, AlterNet

Stencil.jpg/image_largeSeptember 24, 2014 | We know from the childhood song that Old McDonald had a farm -- but e-i-e-i-o -- look who's got his farm now!

It's groups like American Farmland and Farmland Partners. These aren't dirt farmers wearing overalls and brogans, but Wall Street hucksters in Armani suits and Gucci loafers. The latest fast-buck fad for high-roller investment trusts, hedge funds and venture capital speculators is "farming." Not that these dude ranch dandies are actually plowing and planting. No, no -- these are soft-hands people, buying up farmlands with billions of rich investors' dollars, and then tilling the tax laws and threshing the farmers who do the real cultivation.

Jim Hightower is a radio commentator, writer, and public speaker. He’s also editor of the populist newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown.

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Part 2: Who Will Grow Our Food?

A Forgotten Career Path — Old Farmers Outnumber Young Ones by a Ratio of Over 7:1

Dan Imhoff, Mother Earth News 15, 2012 | Excerpted from the book Food Fight. To learn more about the Farm Bill and purchase a copy of Food Fight please visit

“If we are not careful, we could lose the farm and the food system on our watch.” That drastic warning came from A.G. Kawamura in 2005, when he was secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Kawamura was not only alluding to how important forward-thinking policy is to the food system, but also to the fact that people who grow food for a living are becoming a dying breed. Already, agriculture is greatly diminished in terms of economic measures: it represents just 1.2 percent of U.S. Gross Domestic Product; services make up 77 percent and manufacturing 22 percent of GDP. It’s becoming a forgotten career path as well.

Dan Imhoff is a researcher, author, and independent publisher who has concentrated for over 20 years on issues related to farming, the environment, and design. He is the author of numerous articles, essays, and books.

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